Work on Queer Russia

Scholarly work on Queer Russia

(compiled by Prof. Margot Weiss for 2013 “Queers and Russia” discussion at Wesleyan)

“Queer Russia” special issue, ed. Dan Healey, Kul’tura, no. 2 (2008)

In Queer in Russia (Duke UP, 1999) Laurie Essig examines the formation of gay identity and community in the former Soviet Union. As a sociological fieldworker, she began her research during the late 1980s, before any kind of a public queer identity existed in that country. After a decade of conducting interviews, as well as observing and analyzing plays, books, pop music, and graffiti, Essig presents the first sustained study of how and why there was no Soviet gay community or even gay identity before perestroika and the degree to which this situation has—or has not—changed.

Brian James Baer, 2002. “Russian Gays/Western Gaze: Mapping (Homo)Sexual Desire in Post-Soviet Russia” in GLQ

Brian James Baer, 2011. “Queer in Russia: Othering the Other of the West,” in Queer in Europe: Contemporary Case Studies

Brian James Baer. Other Russias: Homosexuality and the Crisis of Post-Soviet Identity (Palgrave, 2009). This unprecedented book examines the explosion of homosexual discourse in post-Soviet Russia from the turbulent years of the immediate post-communist era through the more troubling recent developments of Vladimir Putin’s regime.

Dan Healey, 2002. “Homosexual Existence and Existing Socialism: New Light on the Repression of Male Homosexuality in Stalin’s Russia” in GLQ

Dan Healey, Homosexual Desire in Revolutionary Russia: The Regulation of Sexual and Gender Dissent (UChicago, 2001). The first full-length study of same-sex love in any period of Russian or Soviet history, Homosexual Desire in Revolutionary Russia investigates the private worlds of sexual dissidents during the pivotal decades before and after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.

Kristen Thomas, 2012. “We’re Here, We’re Queer, Get Used to It: Freedom of Assembly and Gay Pride in Alekseyev v. Russia” (on Nikolai Alekseyev and Moscow gay pride parade). Available at SSRN:

Other resources:

A four-part series exploring how American right-wing groups have supported Russia’s recent spate of anti-gay laws and its crackdown on LGBT citizens:

HRW’s alternative torch map:

Queerussia, a comprehensive and live LGBTQ news & views feed aggregator:

Scott Long’s essays on Russia and global LGBT movements:

The Nation, “Repression and Gay Rights in Russia”:

Protest news from Russia (in Russian):

Guide to Russia’s gay space, news, and culture: